Brunch at the Thai Temple 

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Have you heard about Sunday brunch at Berkeley’s Wat Mongkolratanaram Thai Temple? If not, I recommend you add it to your weekend calendar (provided you have a rain free Sunday in the forecast!) It’s an authentic and interesting experience for the entire family. Here are the basics:

  1. Upon entering the back yard, you’ll see two lines forming (one for meat dishes and the other for vegetarian.) There’s actually a third line for desserts, but I assume most people finish with those.
  2. Cash only! You’ll need to head over and trade in your cash for tokens before ordering and standing in (what tends to be) long lines.
  3. Seating is plentiful, but expect to get cozy and meet your neighbors. Many families sprawl out and let the kids play in the grassy lawn.
  4. Of everything I tried, my very favorite is the Kanom krok, which are rice flour pancakes with a creamy filling. Not to be missed.
  5. Parking can be a pain…but it’s Berkeley, so this is not surprising to anyone, right? Be prepared to make some loops and wait for a spot to open up. It will happen. It always does.
  6. Brunch hours are from 10am-1pm, every Sunday.

Wat Mongkolratanaram, 1911 Russell St. Berkeley, CA

Where are your favorite child-friendly,  Bay Area brunches? Let me know in the comments! 

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